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Things to Do in Montreal: August 9–15

Enjoy Montreal-made entertainment and August’s sunny days at several outdoor events this week, ranging from rock and blues music festivals to orchestra performances to live graffiti art – all the while, eat well at food and cultural festivals…

Montreal Reggae Festival’s 10 year anniversary features Shaggy, Yellowman, Morgan Heritage and more

Whether dub or dancehall, reggae might just be the perfect music for August’s hot, sunny, chilled-out days. So it’s no surprise that the Montreal International Reggae Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary, August 16-18 outdoors in the Old Port of Montreal, with live music from Shaggy, Beenie Man, Morgan Heritage and many more, as well as activities for kids, a marketplace and delicious Caribbean food…

See the World at Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Week-ends du Monde

Montreal may be known primarily for its unique Quebecois culture and French roots, but the city’s cultural picture spans much further and wider. Since 2005, Week-ends du Monde has turned the spotlight on the diverse communities that make Montreal what it is: this year, the festival makes itself at home again at Parc Jean-Drapeau, filling the weekends of July 6-7 and July 13-14 with music, dance and culinary delights…

Tune in to the 2013 Montreal International Jazz Festival

Famed American composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose 1959 album Time Out was the first jazz record to sell over a million copies, did what was the unthinkable for a good many jazz musicians of his era: he lived a long, very long, life. Brubeck, who played the Montreal International Jazz Festival no less than 14 times, went to the great jazz club in the sky last December just shy of his 92nd birthday, and only six months after his final Jazz Fest appearance. This 34th edition of the Jazz Fest is dedicated to his memory…

Laugh for Less at Zoofest and Off-JFL

July in Montreal could be renamed Comedy Month, such is the abundance of stand-up, humour-driven theatre and comical circus in the city. Between the Just For Laughs and Zoofest festivals alone, hundreds of shows add more laughter to the city soundscape. But while it’s a sure bet to splurge on Just For Laughs tickets to see your favourite famous comedians, both festivals also make it possible to see comedy every night and still not break the bank… Along with its many galas and big-name solo shows, Just For Laughs showcases an array of lesser-known – yet still recognizable – funny people at Off-JFL, a series of shows where two tickets run for $30. Many of the comedians at Off-JFL have come up through the ranks via television shows and online fame, and all have spent years honing their laugh-making skills. Among them: Marie Bamford, Tig Notaro, Judah Friedlander, Trevor Noah, Chris D’Elia, Scott Adsit, John Lutz, Andy Kindler, Pete Holmes, Kyle Kinane, Brian Posehn, Todd Barry, Todd Glass, Rory Scovel, Debra Digiovanni, Sam Simmons, Zabruso, The Midnight Beast, Deanne Smith, Robert Kelly, Ronna & Beverly, Godfrey, and Gavin Crawford. While much of the quirkier side of English-language stand-up has moved over… / Read More →

Do Your Thing in MTL: Comedian DeAnne Smith’s Mile End Love Song

When putting together a list of LGBT stars to be apart of the performance series Do Your Thing in MTL, we needed to find someone who was A) Lesbian B) Hilarious and C) Adorable. DeAnne Smith came riding in on a litter of kittens and wrote us the little ditty “Mile End Love Song”… Go ahead and sing along!

Festival International Nuits d’Afrique brings the Sahara to Montreal

Things are getting balmy for this edition of Festival International Nuits d’Afrique de Montréal! For its 27th edition, from July 9 to 21, the music festival is celebrating the Montreal sun with an homage to the Sahara, from Mauritania to the Sudan passing by Morocco and Chad. Our fair city will be welcoming over 500 artists from over 30 countries for 90 shows and events…

VIDEO: Mutek 2013

MUTEK, Montreal’s incredible electronic music and digital arts festival, continues to evolve and amaze. For 14 years now, Mutek has been moving minds and bodies with the latest and greatest sounds to come out of the vast genre of electronic music and, as the video above proves, this year was truly next level. See you all in 2014!